Strabane town centre is to get free Wi-Fi.
Funding of more than £27,000 from the Department for Social Development, and a further £8,000 from Strabane District Council, means the town is the latest in Northern Ireland to offer a free Wi-Fi service to locals and visitors alike.
Commenting on the important step, Minister Mervyn Storey said: “I am delighted that my Department was able to contribute this funding towards the installation of free Wi-Fi for Strabane town centre.
“It is important that local businesses take up the challenge of adapting to the changing world of technology and this project will assist in that transition. This project, in addition to a number of recent initiatives, demonstrates my ongoing commitment to the regeneration of Strabane.”
The free Wi-Fi will help traders become more competitive through developing the on-line aspect of their business, as well as providing free internet access for local people and visitors to the town.
The project is being managed and delivered by Strabane District Council.
Strabane District Council Chairman, Councillor Dan Kelly, said: “The 21st Century increasingly requires people to have ‘on the go’ access to social media for business and personal use. I am delighted that the WI-FI project will be up and running by Easter 2015, and that the whole Strabane Town Centre ‘experience’ will be transformed for businesses, visitors and residents alike.”
Strabane is the latest town in Northern Ireland to benefit from the Department’s commitment to regenerate local towns through the introduction of free Wi-Fi.